Network Storage Advice

Hi,
I need some advice and a direction.
Our network is comprised of 4 seperate locations. We use AT&T Managed network between buildings.

We have a PC (Workstation) at one location that acts as a server for a particular software package, but also has external drives that house some training and engineering video's from our factories that we make. The delivery speed from those drives is very very slow delivering across network, more like a slow slow slideshow (2.5 h ours to watch 3 minute video).

I tested the speed when the video's were put on the actual hard drive of the workstation, and they played great.  

We want to put those on a network storage device that we can add storage to as needed, and acts as storage and file sharing only. We currently have over a terrabyte of data on 4 different drives attached via USB to the workstation.

I would like to get a recomendation for a Network Storage Device that can start out with a few Terrabyte and the ability to add on later. I would like it hooked direct to network if possible.
Can I get the "stay away froms" and the ones that work really well? Also, Im trying to stay in within a $500 budget, not going far out of that range, hopefully less.

Any help would be appreciated greatly.
Thanks
Rj
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ajbarronCommented:
A simple NAS solution would work here. NAS stands for Network Attached Storage and its normally a drive bay capable of housing multiple drives and connects directly into your network.

Netgear and QNAP are 2 companies that spring to mind. Personally i have used QNAP before and found them to be quite reliable.
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RjCoatsComputer Programmer/TechnicianAuthor Commented:
K Thanks Ajbarron. I have looked at a few, and the Western Digital 6 TB NAS and Seagate 6 TB NAS came to mind. I use them for simple external drives and have had no problems with them. You think those may be ok for a simple solution?

Thanks again.
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ajbarronCommented:
Yes, if you have had a positive experience with a particular brand of drive in the past, there is no reason why you shouldnt use that brand again. Just be mindful that you can purchase the NAS and the drives separate. Take into account the speed of the drive you are getting and the limitations of the NAS itsself (max capacity and types of drives supported etc)

Hope the info helped

-Anthony
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RjCoatsComputer Programmer/TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Thanks Anthony.
Great info. My concern being new the the NAS, was paying 500 bucks for junk.
Thanks again,
Rj
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